Director of Economic Development Employment Training Panel
Mr. Mills is a U.S. Army veteran and has over thirty years of experience in shipbuilding and ship repair. The crown jewel of his entrepreneurial enterprises is Mills Marine & Ship Repair LLC which is believed to be the only African American owned ship repair and engineering services company in the country in an industry that is dominated by large high-capital corporations.
A graduate of the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, and a life log believer in continuing education Mr. Mills rose through the industrial ranks and achieved the positions of Pipefitter’s Apprentice, Nuclear/Non-Nuclear Pipe Supervisor, Construction Supervisor, Field Planner and Construction Engineer.
Mr. Mills’ career reflects a reputation for excellence and on-time and under budget project completion, including the management of multimillion dollar projects in support of ship arrivals/departures, annual dry dock recertifications and operating system upgrades and replacements.
He brings a vast array of knowledge, experience, and skills to his company including expertise in Program/Project Management, Hull, Propulsion, and Auxiliary Systems testing and turnover.
Mills Marine & Ship Repair won the coveted 2018 Nunn-Perry Award for the Department of the Navy which recognizes DoD Mentor/Protégé teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost efficiencies and increased business opportunities for small, disadvantaged firms.
Mr. Mills was appointed by the City of Suffolk to serve as a member of the Paul D. Camp Community College Board of Directors. He also served on the City of Suffolk Planning Commission for a two-year term. Additionally, he was recognized by the City of Suffolk Police Department, Chief of Police for his exemplary community service.
Mr. Mills continues to serve as a Small Business advocate for all Small Businesses with a focus on African American Companies being the priority. There simply are too many hindrances that face small business today. He is grateful to have an opportunity to assist in helping to change that hopefully.